Thursday 21 October 2010

Day 32 of the Purpose Driven Life

1. God wants you to focus on talents he has given you to use.

2. The best use of your life is to serve God out of your shape. To do this you must discover your shape, learn to accept and enjoy it, and then develop it to its fullest potential.

3. Don't act thoughtlessly, but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to.

4. Begin by assessing your gifts and abilities.

5. Try to have a sane estimate of your capabilities.

6. Spiritual gifts and natural abilities are always confirmed by others.

7. The more mature you become, the more likely you are to manifest the characteristics of a number of the gifts.

8. Just start serving, experimenting with different ministries, and then you'll discover your gifts.

9. Until you're actually involved in serving, you're not going to know what you're good at.

10. You have dozens of hidden abilities and gifts you don't know you've got because you've never tried them out.

11. No matter how old you are, I urge you to never stop experimenting.

12. Don't try to figure out your gifts before volunteering to serve somewhere.

13. You discover your gifts by getting involved in ministry.

14. When it doesn't work out, call it an "experiment," not a failure.

15. Examine your experiences and extract the lessons you have learned.

16. When Jesus washed Peter's feet, he said, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."

17. Only in hindsight do we understand how God intended a problem for good.

18. The pot has no right to say to the potter: 'What did you make me this shape?' Surely a potter can do what he likes with the clay!

19. God wants you to enjoy using the shape he has given you.

20. The Bible warns us never to compare ourselves with others.

21. You will always be able to find someone who seems to be doing a better job than you and you will become discouraged.

22. Or you will always be able to find someone who doesn't seem as effective as you and you will get full of pride.

23. Paul said it is foolish to compare ourselves with others.

24. Avoid comparisons, resist exaggerations, and seek only God's commendation.

25. One of the reasons Paul was used so greatly by God was that he refused to be distracted by criticism or by comparing his ministry with others or by being drawn into fruitless debates about his ministry.

26. Jesus' parable of the talents illustrates that God expects us to make the most of what he gives us.

27. If you don't utilize the abilities and skills God has given you, you will lose them.

28. Whatever gifts you have been given can be enlarged and developed through practice.

29. Don't settle for a half-developed gift.

30. Stretch yourself and learn all you can.

31. We're getting ready fo eternal responsibilities and rewards.

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